The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs (FCAME) is the regional chapter of a national non-profit consumer education and advocacy organization, the Funeral Consumers Alliance.
Results of 2010 price survey of the local funeral industry.
Read about the latest developments.
Winter 2015 Plain Talk - the FCAME Newsletter. This issue focuses on a topic that is disturbing to some people - handling dead bodies. One article discusses myths regarding embalming and cosmetic restoration, and another explains how those processes are done. A third article reviews a recent book by a mortician who discusses in a candid, irreverent manner what she saw working in a crematory.
Fall 2014 Plain Talk - the FCAME Newsletter. The lead article describes resources that are available to help with the final expenses of veterans and others who qualify. Another article provides a simple 4-step approach to planning your funeral.
Watch a video discussing death care options, "Consumer Compass #15", which was produced for Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection by the county's cable TV channel.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1031 / SB 586 to allow immediate access to funeral home preparation rooms for unannounced inspections. FCAME supported; bills were passed.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1042 / SB 648 to create a reasonable process for handling the obligations of a deceased single owner of a funeral home. FCAME supported; bills were passed.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1239 / SB 775 to require pre-need contracts be reported to the State & audited when their owners have a concern. FCAME supported; bills were defeated.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 593 / SB 415 to require disclosure in pre-need contracts on which items have guaranteed prices and which don't. FCAME supported; bills were passed.
FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1303 / SB 751 to allow consumers' pre-need funds to be invested in securities. FCAME opposed; bills were defeated.
FCAME testimony in February 2014 on HB 1187 to prohibit trafficking in human organs. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.
FCAME testimony in February 2014 on SB 835 to exempt a 150 year old cemetery from regulation. FCAME opposed; bill was defeated.
FCAME testimony in January 2014 on HB 13 to clarify how perpetual care trusts and pre-need trust accounts can be used. FCAME supported; bill was passed in both House & Senate.
Information to help with the purchases of burial goods and services made from a cemetery, funeral home or monument dealer. See also consumer tips and frequently-asked questions provided by Maryland's Office of Cemetery Oversight.
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